TEKEL: You have been weighed in the balances,
and found wanting (Daniel 5:27).
In elementary school science
experiments, we used scales to determine an object’s unknown mass by comparing
it to predetermined weights. The goal of the exercise was to balance the scale
by having both sides weigh the same. If the scale was lopsided, one side was
found to be lacking.
At the height of his success, King
Belshezzar held a grand feast for his people, wives
and concubines. Out of his boundless arrogance, he served wine in the gold cups
taken from the temple.
Rich and powerful in the world, Belshazzar despised the Lord. But it did not make any
difference to God that Belshazzar was wealthy. His
worldly power and influence were unable to preserve his possessions or his
One of the words God gave Belshezzar was the word TEKEL, defined as “You have been
weighed in the balances, and found wanting.” That very night, Belshazzar lost his life. Faced with God’s standards, what
mattered was that he fell short and carried no weight in the eyes of the Lord.
Though we may not indulge in as
extravagant a life as Belshazzar, we ought to be wise
about how we live our lives. Whether intentionally or unintentionally, too
often we place our security in our material possessions and disregard God.
Surrounded by our wealth, our homes, our cars, and our possessions, we quickly
forget what truly matters.
Pause for a moment to consider:
Have I been investing myself in the eternal or in what is here today and gone
Wealth and power in this world are
so temporary, quickly coming and going. One day, King Belshazzar
was drinking wine with gold cups, and the next day, his life was taken.
Today, let us make a conscious
effort to focus on meeting spiritual standards rather than those of the world.
The more we continue to readjust our focus each day, the more we lessen the
distance between ourselves and God’s requirements.
Until the day comes for us to be
weighed across His standards, let us continually evaluate ourselves by asking:
How lopsided will I be on His scale? Will I be balanced on the scale of God?
Questions for Reflection:
What makes a life worthy in the
eyes of God so that He does not find us lacking?
Where do you place your worth and